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Learning Activities ( 58.5 )
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Course Content ( 56.8 )
Course Structure ( 71.3 )
Contact Availability ( 62.5 )
Course Difficulty ( 46.7 )

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Anonymous
   
ENGG1500 – Engineering Thermodynamics 77.9

If you were good at chemistry in high school, in particular if physical chemistry and stuff like the gas laws seemed intuitive, ENGG1500 shouldn't be that hard.

Some people seem to think it's a hard course, I actually found it to be one of the better courses I did in first semester - it's straightforward, there's stuff you do every week: tutes, 30-60 mins tops preparing for tutes, assigned pre-lecture reading and an online quiz, workshops and the lectures themselves and that's really it.

No assignments, no journals, no logbooks no pracbooks no reflections no nothing else.
It's a good course in that it doesn't chew up your time just for the sake of it, everything you do has a purpose and as long as you actually do the work every week you should be able to keep up, furthermore aside from the pre-lecture reading and preparing for tutes everything is happening DURING the contact hours of the course, there's never really a time when you'll actually need to do any thermo stuff on a weekend besides preparing for the midsem/final.

The only real downside is that the lectures, while necessary, could be a lot better and the part of the 'brick' that covers the lectures themselves is too light on content, it's basically just slides.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2015

Your program/major

BE

Is lecture attendance necessary?

yes

Is the textbook necessary?

yes

Positives
  • straightforward, everything has a point, doesn't waste your time
  • generally pretty interesting content
Negatives
  • lectures aren't amazing
  • needs maths style notes, not printed slides in lecture brick
Posted on September 4, 2015 11:37 am
Anonymous
   
ENGG1500 – Engineering Thermodynamics 65.6

Unlike the above review my experience with ENGG1500 was a pleasant one. The main overarching theme of ENGG1500 is the practical applications of what you have learnt. Virtually everything you learn is applicable to the final exam in some form or another, Each module adds a layer of complexity onto the previous module while exposing new applications of concepts previously learnt. An example would be entropy, First one gets a semi-poor understanding of it for 2-3 weeks and then later on one sees how entropy as a concept is useful in realworld applications as calculating thermal efficiency of turbines, compressors and other engineering devices. Getting your hands on the textbook is a must as in lectures textbook content is glossed over without real rigor. (Any thermodynamics textbook with an engineering approach would do however). The course structure at the time Felt disjointed however in retrospect it has had to be by far the best run course i have undertaken at Uni. The organisation of the course structure is that the engineering aspects are covered by professor Tony Howes, while purely conceptual physics material is covered by professor Joel Carney, Both professors are great. A main setup of the course is the workshops which i highly recommend you go to as what has been learnt will be applied in a practical problem of sorts during this class, Assesment is also a highlight of the course with the supertutes being a great addition of examanation to the course structure as shoving in assesment between the midsem and final kept students up to date and studying on the course content.
Course content will be challenging for many, the content learnt is vast, However the setup of the Assessment structure in my opinion eases off some of the pressure. For me course content was extremely interesting and now that i've done this course I have now added a possible major of chemical engineering to the mix of what was initially civil and mechanical.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2015

Your program/major

Bachelor of engineering

Is lecture attendance necessary?

No

Is the textbook necessary?

Yes, however one can find better thermodynamics textbooks online

Positives
  • Course content- interesting and highly applicable to the real world
  • Good course structure conducive to constant study
  • Good lecturers
Negatives
  • Final exam was cancer for my semester
Posted on July 13, 2015 11:44 pm
Anonymous
   
ENGG1500 – Engineering Thermodynamics 53.6

Q: What do thermodynamics and carpentry have in common?
A: Way too many goddamn tables.

Think I'm joking? The Week 1 workshop had three components:

1. How to read tables
2. How to convert units... so you can use tables
3. How to read charts... and compare them to tables

This course is basically week after week of repetitive problems summarised by "figure out which table you should consult". If you're the pedantic, masochistic type that gets a kick out of such follies, good for you. Just apply conservation of energy, do some voodoo magic with those tables, and you're all set. Otherwise, congratulations on being well-adjusted, but you may not enjoy this course.

Definitely go to lectures and workshops - the slides are completely useless for revision so they're really your only chance of learning. While there, admire Joel Corney's handsome looks and depth of knowledge. Isn't he just the perfect man? You should probably take PHYS2020, both to see more of him, and because it's a bloody interesting course more concerned with your comprehension of concepts like enthalpy and entropy than your ability to look them up in a table.

Anyway.

ENGG1500 does have a few redeeming features; it's reasonably well-structured, the lecturers and tutors are pleasant and active on Blackboard and Piazza, and the exams are relevant to the course content.

In fact, if the course wasn't basically endless games of Where's Wally, except Wally is a data point and the exotic locales are also data points and there's no sense of validation when you find Wally and by the way sometimes Wally isn't even there and you have to find two people who look kind of like Wally and cram them together (sorry, I mean 'linearly interpolate' them) in grotesque, Frankensteinian fashion to form Wally from scratch and throw him into a meat grinder of an equation to spit out some senseless value on the other side... I might have actually enjoyed this course!

So that's pretty high praise, I guess.

Unfortunately, my lasting impression of this course will be that it took an incredibly fascinating subject (thermodynamics, and particularly entropy) and made it spectacularly, unexpectedly dull for very little gain. It should have been a course that taught the theory and intuition *first*, then only used tables when absolutely necessary for calculation.

Instead, it exalted the tables and forced a nervous deference into students, demanded calculation of unqualified quantities, and (most bizarrely) introduced thermodynamic identities without any apparent purpose (no Maxwell relations?!) or rigor.

More succinctly, the content sucked.

Semester taken

Semester 2 - 2014

Your program/major

BE / BSc

Is lecture attendance necessary?

No

Is the textbook necessary?

Probs. Get Schroeder\'s Intro to Thermal Physics as well

Positives
  • Apart from the content, really quite a well run course
  • Exams allowed notes, allowing you to avoid actually having to learn anything unpleasant
  • I got to amalgamate Where's Wally and Human Centipede. Take that, childhood memories!
Negatives
  • I'm not sure if you got this point already, but there was way too much table reading
  • They made entropy boring, which is both highly impressive and terribly depressing
  • Say goodbye to any sort of cohesive problem solving approach!
Posted on November 9, 2014 2:34 am
Anonymous
   
ENGG1500 – Engineering Thermodynamics 46.7

Quite a hard course, and not presented in a format that allows for easy learning

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2014

Your program/major

BE/BSc

Positives No positive points
Negatives No negative points
Posted on July 9, 2014 10:51 pm

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